NAME: Tony aka Mr. Liusal
BiRTHPLACE: Bronx, NY
Q: When did you know you wanted to pursue design and artistry?
A: When I was about 14 years old, I knew I wanted a clothing brand.
Q: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
A: I have both fashion and musical inspirations. Some are: Ralph Lauren, Shane Oliver of HBA, Virgil Abloh of OFF- WHITE, Pharell Williams, and Jaden Smith.
Q: How have you grown in your designs in recent years?
A: In recent years, I’ve learned a lot. To sew, to take images to build sets, even AI, and some graphic work but to say some, I would be lying. I have grown a lot, and it’s by the grace of God and everyone that believes in me that’s giving me the power to keep pushing for my dream.
Q: What childhood memory or artifact influenced you most to date?
A: As a child, My Aunt and her love for high-end fashion allowed me to notice that quality is important. I had never seen anything like the way Ralph Lauren mixed color & patterns together. It was like a mixed rainbow, and this is what really guided me to this day.
Q: What specific culture or period of time do you identify with most in your designs?
A: To tell the truth, none. I’m from the 2000s era where Dipset and CamRon made it ok for men to wear pink. At this time, he low-key he pushed for genderless ways but no one noticed. I love vintage European & Asian fashion the most mixed with the 2000s era of the Jim Jones style but with more fitted clothing.
Q: Where do you feel most comfortable creating?
A: At home in peace with music & weed, or in a park alone.
Q: What do you think is most important to an artist’s progression?
A: LEARNING. To understand the craft that they are in right now I’m a designer and Creative Director. I’ve learned to be a photographer, graphic designer, to edit, to sew and truly design. Since this is my dream, I have to do these things. Also, I can’t afford to pay anyone. I think it’s important to know the aspects of your business this way, so no one can come and change your vision.
Q: Describe your style in 3 textures or fabrics.
Q: Is it important for artists to explain their art?
A: No, because I can’t explain it to everyone, but it’s important that your art can express emotion and feeling so the masses can see the message without knowing.
Q: What can be the biggest hindrance to your creativity?
A:Not having a clear mind being in a bad space or place.
Q: Do you stick to one project at once, or work on multiple at a time?
A: I have ADHD. I like to work on many projects at once in the same realm. It allows me to feel more creative, and I can add or fix along the way. My ideas become stronger when I can see different ideas at once.
Q: How has your upbringing influenced your style?
A: It influenced me big time. My mom and dad were not big on fashion.
Q: What is something you are the most proud of concerning your work?
A: I am most proud of “COOL KIDS,” which is my Winter ’18 collection. I was especially proud when we presented it at CAPSULE SHOW at the Javitz Centre in NYC last July and received amazing feedback and brought major attention to the brand.
Q: If your journey had a movie, what would it be called?
A: “How to Make It in America”
Q: Do you feel energy has an impact on your creativity and your designs?
A: Yes, energy is a big factor. It has to be high and good, because the mind starts running & becomes creative. A clear state of mind has the best impact on creativity and good energy helps to make it even better.
Q: Where can we find your clothing?
A: My clothing is online at the moment, but we have been in 3-4 shops: VFiles, Probus, Maison Ten & Maybe Sunday.